The course will provide you with a set of procedures and criteria (tips and tricks) that, in a structured manner, will help you to make decisions about your research design and methods that are consistent with your research aim. Throughout the course you’ll be invited to identify possible risks and/or inconsistencies in your design (including but not limited to risks related to having access to data sources).
Number of sessions: 4
Hours per session: 3
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What will you achieve?
- The logic of this approach follows the usual phases of an empirical study, from the specification of its aim against the background of an evaluation of previous research, through case/sample selection and measurement decisions, to the production of the study’s results, their interpretation and their reporting. You will practice this approach by applying it to your own research project, focusing on rigor, relevance and practicalities of your research design.
- The course is designed and primarily useful for PhD candidates who are about to complete their research design. It can however also be useful for candidates who are at the beginning of their project and therefore still do not have a research design. It can also be useful for candidates who already completed their research design and like to have help with reflecting and elaborating on its quality and coherence.
Preparation: Describe current issues or dilemmas in your research project and/or issues discussed in class that need clarification. These issues will be discussed in an individual meeting.
About the instructor
- Jennifer A. Holland is Assistant Professor of Social Science Research Methods and the Director of the Master's in Sociology program at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences. Jennifer is an award-winning teacher. In her courses, students learn how to find empirical answers to their questions about the social world. Her expertise is in Sociology, Demography and Research Methods for the Social Sciences. And her research focuses on the social and economic consequences of family change for individuals and societies in the Europe and the United States. Previously, Jennifer held appointments at the University of Southampton (UK) and the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, and she has collaborated on research projects at the Stockholm University Demography Unit and the Statistics Norway Research Department.
Facts & Figures
- free for PhD candidates of the Graduate School
- € 575,- for non-members
- You can only enrol for one edition of this course.
- consult our enrolment policy for more information
- Not applicable
- Examination date
- Friday 29 Sep 2023
- Application deadline
- Friday 1 Sep 2023
You can only enrol for one edition of this course.
In the academic year 2023-2024 this course will take place online.
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